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Sony’s $70k Android TV is PS5’s secret weapon

Sony’s $70k Android TV is PS5’s secret weapon

So you've heard about the PlayStation 5 features confirmed by Sony this month - but one big piece of the puzzle remains missing. A video game console like a PlayStation is only half of the equation. You also need a television - or at least a monitor - to make use of the power of the console. For that, Sony's got a WHOLE BUNCH of new pieces of equipment, including one MASSIVE TV - the most beastly television we've ever seen put on sale to the public.

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Tips: PS5 powerful, but Xbox Two expandably more

Tips: PS5 powerful, but Xbox Two expandably more

Why do we care so very much about the respective power levels of each new video game console? Apparently, as rumors of PS5 and Xbox One 2 (or whatever you'd like to call it) suggest, it's not even that we care about the features of the device, but that our device is better than its biggest competitor. Have we been roped in by Sony and Microsoft for a never-ending battle of oneupmanship and, in the process, are emptying our wallets out each new iteration? I mean, probably yes.

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Sony details PlayStation 5 hardware out of nowhere

Sony details PlayStation 5 hardware out of nowhere

When most of us woke up this morning, we probably weren't expecting to hear the first official details about the PlayStation 5. That's exactly what happened, though, as Sony's Mark Cerny - who was the lead architect on both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita - sat down with Wired to dish some early information about his company's next console. If there was any question that the next generation is right around the corner, it seems the matter can now be laid to rest.

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Sony reveals price, availability for new speakers and 4K Blu-ray player

Sony reveals price, availability for new speakers and 4K Blu-ray player

Sony has revealed the pricing and availability for the home audio and video products it announced at CES 2019. The lineup includes portable speakers, a home audio system, wireless turntable, soundbar, and more. The products aren't all launching at the same time, but the wait for certain devices won't be long, with the first batch arriving just days from now.

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Sony now automatically replaces offensive PSN IDs with placeholders

Sony now automatically replaces offensive PSN IDs with placeholders

This week, Sony finally made it possible for PlayStation users to change their PSN ID, a request players have been making for years. Ahead of the feature's broad launch to all customers, however, Sony published a long list of FAQ about the change and usernames in general. Among other things, players were warned their new name shouldn't violate the company's guidelines, and now we know what happens when someone doesn't follow that rule.

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PlayStation ID changes go live today: What you need to know

PlayStation ID changes go live today: What you need to know

After quite a long wait, Sony has announced that online ID changes for PlayStation Network are going live later today. Once this feature launches, you'll be able to change your PSN ID to whatever you wish (assuming of course that it doesn't violate PSN's rules). This feature first arrived in a beta program back in October, and it's been one of the most requested features for PSN for years at this point.

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Sony quietly updates PlayStation Store’s refund policy: Here are the details

Sony quietly updates PlayStation Store’s refund policy: Here are the details

Refunds are a tricky thing when it comes to digital games, and today, we see Sony attempting to navigate just that problem by silently updating its refund policy for the PlayStation Store. The good news is that full digital games, DLC, themes, avatars, and season passes all come with a 14-day return policy. The bad news, however, is that there are some fairly restrictive requirements when it comes to refund eligibility.

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It’s crunch time for Sony’s smartphone arm

It’s crunch time for Sony’s smartphone arm

Yesterday, we learned that Sony will soon be merging its TV, camera, and smartphone businesses into a single unit - and speculated that the company might be making this move to mask its struggling smartphone arm. Today, a new report is painting an even more dire situation for Sony and its smartphone ambitions, as the company is supposedly planning to axe as much as half of its smartphone workforce.

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Sony Mobile will soon hide behind new combined Electronics business

Sony Mobile will soon hide behind new combined Electronics business

There is no shortage of critics that have long considered Sony's smartphone business to be a business failure. Despite its rather bullish attitude, the company is no fool and knows too well that things aren't looking good for its Mobile Communications arm. To its credit, it is taking steps to remedy that situation but its latest strategy is drawing criticism on how it's trying to hide its ailing smartphone business behind more successful ones.

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PlayStation Plus free games for April bring the challenge

PlayStation Plus free games for April bring the challenge

Another round of free PlayStation Plus games will be launching in the next few days, and today Sony gave us an idea of what to expect. Things are looking a little bit different this month, as the final free games for PS3 and PS Vita have seen their free period end. April will be the first full month where only PS4 titles are available through PlayStation Plus.

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PlayStation Plus subscribers get exclusive free Fortnite Carbon skin

PlayStation Plus subscribers get exclusive free Fortnite Carbon skin

Sony has a special treat for PlayStation Plus subscribers right now: a free Fortnite skin and back bling called 'Carbon.' The offer is exclusive to PlayStation Plus, the company's subscription plan for PS4 owners who want to play multiplayer games online. This isn't the first time PlayStation 4 console owners have been offered a free skin, but it won't be available forever.

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Sony halting retailer PS4 game code sales next month

Sony halting retailer PS4 game code sales next month

If you're the type of PlayStation 4 owner who likes to buy download codes for digital games from retailers instead of buying them directly from the PlayStation Store, then you should probably enjoy it while it lasts. Sony confirmed today that it will no longer offer download codes through its retail partners, meaning that you'll have no choice but to buy your digital games from PSN. The change is taking effect at the beginning of next month, so in just a few days, those code cards will disappear from stores.

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